Not feeling 100%? It is hard to maintain, all the time. Eat well, drink water, exercise and sleep more…all simple enough but when life happens we start to lose focus and comfort eat, skip our exercise or forget to drink water. Many of us want to feel 100% all the time. And if we don’t then this is the beginning of the end. Well maybe not so dramatic but sometimes we start using this as an excuse for not giving 100%.
A few years ago I had a big conference presentation to make. I was all prepared when one of my kids became mildly unwell. My husband agreed to look after him as I had to travel to the conference. On top of that there were a lot of things going on in many aspects of my life that were potentially distracting but when I got up on that stage in front of 1000 people I put everything aside and gave it 100%…I had to. I couldn’t explain my way as to why I could only give them 80%. It just doesn’t work like that.
So two key words I would like to focus on. Feel and give. If you look back to what I just wrote, I wrote ‘not feeling 100%’ and ‘giving 100%’. Why is this so important? Because when we don’t feel 100% we use it as an excuse for not giving 100%.
So how can you change your internal voice when it comes to shifting your mind on this?
- Accept. It is ok not to be 100% every day. Be kind to yourself. Between our many responsibilities let alone our businesses, we are only human and have good days and bad days. That is just the way it is.
- Acknowledge. Reflect on why are you not 100%. Is it emotional or physical? If emotional, we need time to understand, digest, resolve many issues in our lives and sometimes it can make us feel ‘meh’. That’s OK. Talk about it with someone or write it down. Sometimes just by acknowledging it’s existence is all it needed and you carry on with your day. If physical, maybe there is something you can do about it. Eat better, move more or rest more. Somewhat simplistic I know but simple can be good too.
- Let Go. Don’t stew. This doesn’t help anyone. Through accepting and acknowledging you are recognising what is bringing you down from your A Game – it may even be more that 1 thing. That is fine. By focusing on it, won’t change the situation, if not it will only get worse. If we focus on negativity, it breeds negativity by creating a negative paradigm on how we see the world. Simultaneously by focusing on positivity, we create a positive paradigm on how we see the world. So let go.
- Change Gears. Just because you don’t feel 100% doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it your all. Yes, you need to work harder and be more self-motivated but by saying that you can’t give 100% because of how you feel – that is just an excuse. In your business it is all up to you. If you don’t give it 100% each and every time you won’t succeed. So don’t make excuses for yourself. Change your mental gears and accept and acknowledge how you feel. Then let it go. So now you are ready to just go and give it all you have irrespective of how you feel.
- Show up. No matter your role, you have to be “on show” each and every time for your clients. I think of it like I am going on stage to give a performance. I don’t have a stage name like Beyoncé, hers is Sasha Fierce, but that could work for you. The point being is that when you don’t feel 100% but need to give 100% you can imagine that you need to push yourself by being on stage to help carry you through your day.
- On a serious note. What I am talking about here is not when you are very sick. In these instances you should rest and take care of yourself. Furthermore, if you feel that what you are experiencing is more than just a dip in your day-to-day life, I strongly encourage for you to seek professional help. We all have times in our lives when we are challenged by serious matters and we can’t do it alone.
What do you do to give 100% even when you don’t feel 100%?